Monday, 15 December 2014

Tips & Tricks on starting your own blog





As i haven't posted in almost a month :O (two new kittens and christmas has been distracting me major amounts!) I thought i'd do a little post to maybe help those who want to start up their own blog. Once you know the bits and bobs to get going there's no stopping you. Not only that but blogging is super fun, as fun as reading other people's blogs.

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GET SET UP  photo thrs_zpsb4902dde.png
There are two main platforms you can use to start up your blog. They are Wordpress and Blogger. I chose blogger as my platform as i found it a lot easier to work with and building my theme and template was a lot more simple to do using it. A thing i've noticed is your blog seems more professional if you buy yourself a domain, which means instead of having .blogspot.com or .wordpress.com you can personalise your URL to what ever you want. You can buy Domains for cheap from an array of sites, such as 34SP.

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CHOOSE A SUBJECT YOU'RE PASSIONATE ABOUT 
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There's nothing worse than starting your blog as a "beauty blog" and getting bored of it. Choose something you love and find joy out of. If you think about the bloggers and youtubers you watch and read daily, that can give you an idea about a subject you may wanna try out for yourself. I chose hair as my main theme as that's what I am obsessed with the most, so then I never lose interest in it and don't get bored of updating!

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HELLO GOOD LOOKING  photo thrs_zpsb4902dde.png
Keeping your blog looking good and easy to read will mean more people will pop by to have a little look at your page. To me, design is quite important, but this doesn't mean you have to buy a blog theme for £100+ for it to look beautiful. Both blogger and wordpress have free templates to start you up, then, like i did, you can teach yourself a little bit of html. With that too, photoshop will be your best friend for making your blog personal to you. - but there are so many resources online to help you along the way.


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EXPAND YOUR AUDIENCE 
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When you have begun your blog, spread the word on your other social media platforms. This is THE most important thing to know about blogging, that you must introduce your followers and friends to your blog for a bigger audience quicker. So link your blog to your tumblr, facebook, twitter, instagram and any other platform, that way your blog will be passed on and may spread like wildwire! Link to your fav bloggers and youtubers because collaborations are a fabulous way to make new friends and get your blog out there.

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KEEP ORGANISED 

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It's always good to write down on your laptop, ipad or notebook, what you're planning to do in the next month. Keeping organised gives you the motivation to get down to the nitty gritty and get blogging. I always jot down little ideas into my phone while i'm on the bus. - my ideas come from inspiration from others, so always look at bloggers instagrams and blogs for fab ideas, but clearly make it your own, never copy.

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ALWAYS BE YOU  photo thrs_zpsb4902dde.png
Most importantly, be you. Don't worry about what others are doing and blogging about, blog what YOU want to blog about. Your content is the most vital key to your blog, so if you've got your content down then you're on to a winner. - and hey don't panic if your blog doesn't pick up an audience at the beginning, it normally takes about a year to get a good amount of readers, just keep going and don't give up.



Friday, 7 November 2014

Tutorial - Styling hair with extensions


What I used: Ariabeauty 32mm ceramic clipless curler* | Dreamstyle double drawn remy hair extensions - 18 inch* | 20 - 30 bobby pins | Toni&guy flat hairbrush | Lightweight hairspray

Here is my little hair tutorial on an easy way to style clip in hair extensions using a curling barrel(but can be used without extensions too!). I have been using this Ariabeauty clipless curler ever since I received it, it's officially the best one i've ever used (and i've used many) - this curler is best to use with extensions as it doesn't pull the clips out as you curl down, it's also fab for without extensions as it doesn't pull out your own hair as you just wrap it around.

1). Depending on how thick your hair is, separate your hair into 3-4 sections. Starting from the back use your second to biggest weft and clip it just under where the hair has been separated, leaving about an inch to half and inch from your scalp.

2). Once you've done the back extensions, clip the extensions with 2-3 clips on, on each side of your head, making sure it's an inch away from the front of your head as you don't want to see your hair clips (we ain't 15 year olds with extensions no more!).

3). When you've clipped in the amount of extensions you want in your hair, unwrap the top section and let it down to check you can't see any extension clips.

4). Tie that same section back up, this will be the portion of hair with the most volume to cover any wefts. Now grab your chosen curling wand and wrap the front part around the wand and hold for 30 seconds.

5). Once you've waited 30 seconds unravel the curl into your hand, holding it the same way it falls, as you want to wait for the curl to cool down.

6). Now swirl up the curl into the shape it's in and using a bobby-pin or a crocodile clip, clip it into place. (crocodile clips are preferable for this sort of style).

7). Once you have curled each section, unwrap the top section you had in a bun.

8). Using the curling wand wrap the top three sections away from the face. Curling the front bit of hair to the side where you want your parting to be.

9). Now un-clip every curl, starting from the curl you first started with, to the last.

10). Now brush out the curls using a flat brush. You can give the hair a little spray with hair spray to make sure everything stays in all day/or night. And you're done and ready to rock it!


Friday, 31 October 2014

Wrap Up Warm || Autumn Wishlist




1). Black and Beige Fringe Cape | 2). Purple/Pink Pleated Skirt | 3). Grey Oversized Cape | 4). Black Pleated Skirt | 5). Tweed Fur Trim Cape | 6). Long Diamond Cape

Here are my two FAVOURITE autumnal trends - Huge pleated midi skirts and capes! As Blue Vanilla do both i thought i'd make a little wishlist of my fav kinds and styles. Any Cape with a fur trim is so glam and perfect for A/W, not only that but cosy as anything. Now with these skirts they are perfect for my body shape as i have a small waist but a big butt and thighs this style hides my bad bits and adds to my ok bits. This material is also perfect for chrimbo parties. Don't forget i have a little code for you to get 20% off - graceandbraver20 lots of love to you all!


Saturday, 25 October 2014

Blue Vanilla Shaggy Jacket



Hat: Topshop || Shaggy jacket: Blue Vanilla* || Tshirt: Topshop || Jeans: ASOS || Boots: Newlook || Bag: Celine Replica

Keeping it simple. This is the lil outfit i wore to see gone girl (the film that F'd me up so much haha) this outfits all about my new shaggy grey jacket from Blue Vanilla, they've opened their new site recently which i absolutely love. This jacket is great to throw over a simple outfit to make it look more chic, not only that it's the cosiest thing ever! It's £30, which i think is so worth it considering other fur jackets can be £50+. I have a special 20% off everything code especially for you as well - graceandbraver20 - maybe we can all have matching jackets!!



I coupled the jacket with a simple topshop tee tied at the waist with the rest of the outfit being black..my favourite colour! Keeping it simple is the best way to team fur anything, it gives it the best effect!

Monday, 20 October 2014

These are a few of my favourite things



I received the cutest phone case by Fifi Lapin from the wonderful Iconemesis* I want every single iphone case on their website, especially all the Fifi Lapin ones. I chose this one as it was two of my favourite things combined - bunnies and tea! I definitely will be buying more cases from Iconemesis, i have a bit of an iphone case addiction..



Who doesn't love Mulberry. That isn't even a question, we all know everyone does, even if it does take a year to save for one of their bags! Here is our bayswater bag - i say "our" as it's actually my sisters, but i have now claimed it as both of ours..sorry phoebe! i can't express how much i also want to own the Del Rey in every colour, one day grace one day.



Little daily reminders. I feel no matter how tough life might be treating you, you need to get up and face the day with as much sass as possible. Through all the crappy times everyone may be going through always remember, no matter what, you will always have someone who will help you get through anything. Family for me is what is most important, I wouldn't be anywhere without them and i wouldn't mind having nothing as long as i had them. So please, how ever bad things may be, or how ever bad things may get, remember the good things in your life and remember to smile.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Keeping it Co-Ord







i'm absolutely appalling at getting my outfit posts up at the best of times, but as my drafts deleted all my posts it's even worse! but anyway, it's sorted so here i am back in action!

My blog is going to end up being just co-ords soon, i'm obsessed! If only i had the figure for them i'd wear them all the time. here is my most favourite co-ord i've ever seen, by the absolute babes at rare london, it fits like a glove and is super comfy too. I'm in love with anything white and lacy so this is right up my street. here's the type of outfit i will be wearing on mine and my boyfriends 1 year anniversary. This scuba dusty pink coat is perfect and super versatile, and not heavy at all, not only that pastels are in for A/w so this is the one! Pairing pink and white is now officially my favourite pairing, i feel like a wonderful ice-cream.


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Going Co-ord crazy



We're all going a little coordination crazy atm, whether it's a midi skirt teamed with a matching crop top, or shorts with a matching tee, the co-ord is still going strong! As the trend is here to stay this autumn, here's a collect of my favourite types of co-ords and patterns to boot. I'm loving cut out details at the moment so these white ones are my favourites. Especially the ones with white pearl embellishments over the top of the material (heart eyes!). 





You can view my favourite Co-ords here from Ark Clothing to see these ones in action.


Monday, 15 December 2014

Tips & Tricks on starting your own blog





As i haven't posted in almost a month :O (two new kittens and christmas has been distracting me major amounts!) I thought i'd do a little post to maybe help those who want to start up their own blog. Once you know the bits and bobs to get going there's no stopping you. Not only that but blogging is super fun, as fun as reading other people's blogs.

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GET SET UP  photo thrs_zpsb4902dde.png
There are two main platforms you can use to start up your blog. They are Wordpress and Blogger. I chose blogger as my platform as i found it a lot easier to work with and building my theme and template was a lot more simple to do using it. A thing i've noticed is your blog seems more professional if you buy yourself a domain, which means instead of having .blogspot.com or .wordpress.com you can personalise your URL to what ever you want. You can buy Domains for cheap from an array of sites, such as 34SP.

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CHOOSE A SUBJECT YOU'RE PASSIONATE ABOUT 
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There's nothing worse than starting your blog as a "beauty blog" and getting bored of it. Choose something you love and find joy out of. If you think about the bloggers and youtubers you watch and read daily, that can give you an idea about a subject you may wanna try out for yourself. I chose hair as my main theme as that's what I am obsessed with the most, so then I never lose interest in it and don't get bored of updating!

 photo thrs_zpsb4902dde.png 
HELLO GOOD LOOKING  photo thrs_zpsb4902dde.png
Keeping your blog looking good and easy to read will mean more people will pop by to have a little look at your page. To me, design is quite important, but this doesn't mean you have to buy a blog theme for £100+ for it to look beautiful. Both blogger and wordpress have free templates to start you up, then, like i did, you can teach yourself a little bit of html. With that too, photoshop will be your best friend for making your blog personal to you. - but there are so many resources online to help you along the way.


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EXPAND YOUR AUDIENCE 
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When you have begun your blog, spread the word on your other social media platforms. This is THE most important thing to know about blogging, that you must introduce your followers and friends to your blog for a bigger audience quicker. So link your blog to your tumblr, facebook, twitter, instagram and any other platform, that way your blog will be passed on and may spread like wildwire! Link to your fav bloggers and youtubers because collaborations are a fabulous way to make new friends and get your blog out there.

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KEEP ORGANISED 

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It's always good to write down on your laptop, ipad or notebook, what you're planning to do in the next month. Keeping organised gives you the motivation to get down to the nitty gritty and get blogging. I always jot down little ideas into my phone while i'm on the bus. - my ideas come from inspiration from others, so always look at bloggers instagrams and blogs for fab ideas, but clearly make it your own, never copy.

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ALWAYS BE YOU  photo thrs_zpsb4902dde.png
Most importantly, be you. Don't worry about what others are doing and blogging about, blog what YOU want to blog about. Your content is the most vital key to your blog, so if you've got your content down then you're on to a winner. - and hey don't panic if your blog doesn't pick up an audience at the beginning, it normally takes about a year to get a good amount of readers, just keep going and don't give up.



Friday, 7 November 2014

Tutorial - Styling hair with extensions


What I used: Ariabeauty 32mm ceramic clipless curler* | Dreamstyle double drawn remy hair extensions - 18 inch* | 20 - 30 bobby pins | Toni&guy flat hairbrush | Lightweight hairspray

Here is my little hair tutorial on an easy way to style clip in hair extensions using a curling barrel(but can be used without extensions too!). I have been using this Ariabeauty clipless curler ever since I received it, it's officially the best one i've ever used (and i've used many) - this curler is best to use with extensions as it doesn't pull the clips out as you curl down, it's also fab for without extensions as it doesn't pull out your own hair as you just wrap it around.

1). Depending on how thick your hair is, separate your hair into 3-4 sections. Starting from the back use your second to biggest weft and clip it just under where the hair has been separated, leaving about an inch to half and inch from your scalp.

2). Once you've done the back extensions, clip the extensions with 2-3 clips on, on each side of your head, making sure it's an inch away from the front of your head as you don't want to see your hair clips (we ain't 15 year olds with extensions no more!).

3). When you've clipped in the amount of extensions you want in your hair, unwrap the top section and let it down to check you can't see any extension clips.

4). Tie that same section back up, this will be the portion of hair with the most volume to cover any wefts. Now grab your chosen curling wand and wrap the front part around the wand and hold for 30 seconds.

5). Once you've waited 30 seconds unravel the curl into your hand, holding it the same way it falls, as you want to wait for the curl to cool down.

6). Now swirl up the curl into the shape it's in and using a bobby-pin or a crocodile clip, clip it into place. (crocodile clips are preferable for this sort of style).

7). Once you have curled each section, unwrap the top section you had in a bun.

8). Using the curling wand wrap the top three sections away from the face. Curling the front bit of hair to the side where you want your parting to be.

9). Now un-clip every curl, starting from the curl you first started with, to the last.

10). Now brush out the curls using a flat brush. You can give the hair a little spray with hair spray to make sure everything stays in all day/or night. And you're done and ready to rock it!


Friday, 31 October 2014

Wrap Up Warm || Autumn Wishlist




1). Black and Beige Fringe Cape | 2). Purple/Pink Pleated Skirt | 3). Grey Oversized Cape | 4). Black Pleated Skirt | 5). Tweed Fur Trim Cape | 6). Long Diamond Cape

Here are my two FAVOURITE autumnal trends - Huge pleated midi skirts and capes! As Blue Vanilla do both i thought i'd make a little wishlist of my fav kinds and styles. Any Cape with a fur trim is so glam and perfect for A/W, not only that but cosy as anything. Now with these skirts they are perfect for my body shape as i have a small waist but a big butt and thighs this style hides my bad bits and adds to my ok bits. This material is also perfect for chrimbo parties. Don't forget i have a little code for you to get 20% off - graceandbraver20 lots of love to you all!


Saturday, 25 October 2014

Blue Vanilla Shaggy Jacket



Hat: Topshop || Shaggy jacket: Blue Vanilla* || Tshirt: Topshop || Jeans: ASOS || Boots: Newlook || Bag: Celine Replica

Keeping it simple. This is the lil outfit i wore to see gone girl (the film that F'd me up so much haha) this outfits all about my new shaggy grey jacket from Blue Vanilla, they've opened their new site recently which i absolutely love. This jacket is great to throw over a simple outfit to make it look more chic, not only that it's the cosiest thing ever! It's £30, which i think is so worth it considering other fur jackets can be £50+. I have a special 20% off everything code especially for you as well - graceandbraver20 - maybe we can all have matching jackets!!



I coupled the jacket with a simple topshop tee tied at the waist with the rest of the outfit being black..my favourite colour! Keeping it simple is the best way to team fur anything, it gives it the best effect!

Monday, 20 October 2014

These are a few of my favourite things



I received the cutest phone case by Fifi Lapin from the wonderful Iconemesis* I want every single iphone case on their website, especially all the Fifi Lapin ones. I chose this one as it was two of my favourite things combined - bunnies and tea! I definitely will be buying more cases from Iconemesis, i have a bit of an iphone case addiction..



Who doesn't love Mulberry. That isn't even a question, we all know everyone does, even if it does take a year to save for one of their bags! Here is our bayswater bag - i say "our" as it's actually my sisters, but i have now claimed it as both of ours..sorry phoebe! i can't express how much i also want to own the Del Rey in every colour, one day grace one day.



Little daily reminders. I feel no matter how tough life might be treating you, you need to get up and face the day with as much sass as possible. Through all the crappy times everyone may be going through always remember, no matter what, you will always have someone who will help you get through anything. Family for me is what is most important, I wouldn't be anywhere without them and i wouldn't mind having nothing as long as i had them. So please, how ever bad things may be, or how ever bad things may get, remember the good things in your life and remember to smile.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Keeping it Co-Ord







i'm absolutely appalling at getting my outfit posts up at the best of times, but as my drafts deleted all my posts it's even worse! but anyway, it's sorted so here i am back in action!

My blog is going to end up being just co-ords soon, i'm obsessed! If only i had the figure for them i'd wear them all the time. here is my most favourite co-ord i've ever seen, by the absolute babes at rare london, it fits like a glove and is super comfy too. I'm in love with anything white and lacy so this is right up my street. here's the type of outfit i will be wearing on mine and my boyfriends 1 year anniversary. This scuba dusty pink coat is perfect and super versatile, and not heavy at all, not only that pastels are in for A/w so this is the one! Pairing pink and white is now officially my favourite pairing, i feel like a wonderful ice-cream.


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Going Co-ord crazy



We're all going a little coordination crazy atm, whether it's a midi skirt teamed with a matching crop top, or shorts with a matching tee, the co-ord is still going strong! As the trend is here to stay this autumn, here's a collect of my favourite types of co-ords and patterns to boot. I'm loving cut out details at the moment so these white ones are my favourites. Especially the ones with white pearl embellishments over the top of the material (heart eyes!). 





You can view my favourite Co-ords here from Ark Clothing to see these ones in action.